When I saw this photo and read this article I immediately thought of Jesus words in Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus essentially said that unless we build-to-last, by obeying His Word…than one day that Hurricane will hit…and our home (family) will fall. Here’s the modern day illustration as written in an AOL news story.
How Did Lone Home Survive Ike? (September 18, 2008) When Hurricane Ike crashed ashore in Texas with 110 mph winds, it left almost nothing behind in the small, coastal town of Gilchrist. Aerial photographs taken after the storm revealed that the neighborhood that stretched for miles along the narrow peninsula had been swept away with just one exception: a single home left standing, seemingly untouched. Some viewers of surreal photographs showing the yellow house that remained amid the wasteland argued that it may be fake. In a debate on iReport.com, a woman named Judy Hudspeth jumped in with a stunning statement: “This is my sister’s house. It is real,” she wrote. Hudspeth uploaded a photo of the home taken in May that silenced the skeptics. She explained that her sister and her sister’s husband, Pam and Warren Adams, rebuilt the home in 2006 after it had been destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Hudspeth said they hired a contractor to build a structure that could withstand a Category 5 hurricane and watched over the process to assure it was done right.
Hats off to a wise family who took the time, invested wisely and ensured that their home was built to survive a Hurricane. God help us to do the same Spiritually. Jesus put it this way, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and winds blew and beat on that house; and it did-not-fall, for it was founded on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25
It’s too bad that such “homes” are rare.
“Lord, I pray for my own home, for Shelly, Ariel, Aaron and Me. Lord, help us to be doers of Your Word and not hearers only. Lord, I pray especially for me…the responsible leader in this home. Please grant me grace, fear and wisdom to invest the time, to pay the price, to do everything I can, to ensure that all that takes place in this home honors You. Lord Jesus, I pray that when the hurricane hits (and I know this is inevitable), that our home, Your home, would stand…I ask this in Your name. Amen.”